TOPICS: Why am I writing this? – What is a messenger? – Who can become a messenger? – Idolatry of messengers – Types of non-physical beings – Christ discernment –
By Kim Michaels
Why am I writing this?
I want to pass on my experience and insight concerning what it means to be a messenger and what it takes to qualify (and continue to qualify) as a messenger. Why do I want to pass this on? Because it is my vision that in this new age of Aquarius, the ascended masters want there to be many people who are able to receive something – from ideas to dictations – from them and pass it on to humanity. Thus, I believe it can be useful for other people to read my insights based on my own experience.
Why am I using my own experience? Because it is the only one I know. I am not saying that my experience is the only possible one, but I do believe it contains certain universal elements that can help other people get to the point, where they are open to fulfilling what is already in their divine plans. I am also using my own experience because I know we are all individuals. I can’t really say anything about how you should run your life or how you might be a messenger. I can only give my personal experience and insights—and then let you apply it to your own situation as you see fit.
I have personally studied the teachings of several organizations that were sponsored by the ascended masters within the last century. Each of these organizations followed a similar pattern. They ended up claiming that their messenger was the only genuine messenger at the time, and they all claimed that after their messenger became inactive, there would be no more progressive revelation forthcoming. In other words, each organization did not educate a new messenger to take over when the former one retired.
My vision is clear: A messenger works for the masters; not the other way around. Thus, no messenger and no organization ever has had and ever will be granted a patent on the ascended masters.
The reason why the ascended masters are so valuable for our spiritual growth is precisely that they are “incorruptible;” they cannot be corrupted by the human ego and the false teachers on earth. The tragedy of the Piscean age was precisely that the Catholic Church claimed to have a patent on Jesus and distorted his teachings as they saw fit. We do not need to repeat that pattern in the Aquarian age by allowing any messenger or organization to claim exclusivity and use the teachings of the ascended masters to “support” a sense of superiority.
Progressive revelation is progressive, which means that at any given time, only a certain level of teachings can be given. As a critical mass of people use that teaching to raise their consciousness and raise the collective, a higher teaching can be given. And the masters will always find a way to give that higher teaching, even if an organization claims the masters no longer have a genuine messenger. That is why Master MORE says: “If the messenger be an ant, heed him.”
It is my vision that the ascended masters no longer want messengers who have a need for exclusivity, and they do not want any organization claiming that the masters have now stopped giving teachings (which implies the organization can control the masters). As a result, I obviously do not want to claim exclusivity, and I am willing to pass on my experience, so that other people might use it to develop their own ability to serve as messengers.
Please note that it is not my role to educate or validate other messengers. Use my experience for your own development, but please do not expect me to validate you as a messenger. That is neither my desire nor my role.
What is a messenger?
Being a messenger implies a two-fold action: You receive a message from a source and you pass it on to a recipient. This means that as a messenger, you have to be able to do two things that are contradictory in nature. Receiving a message, especially from the ascended masters, requires you to go within and to attune your mind to a higher level of vibration. Yet passing on the message is an outgoing action, which requires a certain power and an ability to communicate.
Because these two actions have opposite directions, it can be challenging to master both of them. You will, for example, see many spiritual people who have a good ability to meditate and go within, often having spiritual experiences or attuning to their higher selves or the masters. Yet they find it difficult to communicate their experiences and insights. On the other hand, you see some people who have no problem communicating, but who are often so convinced that they know what other people should believe or what the masters should say, that they rarely if ever still the mind long enough to actually tune in to the masters and receive a genuine message from above.
So you see the challenge. If you have attunement but don’t communicate it to anyone, then you are not a messenger. Because you don’t become a messenger until you have passed on the message. On the other hand, if you do not tune in to a higher source, you are not a messenger either, because communicating something from your own subconscious mind or a lower source does not make you a messenger for the ascended masters.
In order to be a messenger, you have to both receive a genuine message and you have to pass it on. And this requires balance. You have to balance the ingoing action of attunement with the outgoing action of passing on the message. My point here is that the key word to being a good messenger is balance—balance in all things. When you have balance in your own mind, you will be able to fulfill the requirement for being a messenger, which was described by Jesus as follows: “I am the open door, which no man can shut.” Again, this is a two-fold action.
You want to be an open door, so that you can receive the purest possible message from the ascended masters. This requires you to overcome some of the many preconceived opinions and beliefs in your own mind, what the masters call your perception filter. If you have too many of these and if you are attached to them, you will subconsciously color the message you receive. It is possible to be a messenger this way, and the masters may allow it for a time. Yet you are only a partially open door. In other words, in order to be the open door that no man can shut, you have to be so free from preconceived beliefs and images, that a relatively pure message can pass through your mind.
The other aspect is that you have to be willing to pass on a message without being attached to how it is received. You cannot allow other people or their opinions to stop you from expressing the message or color the message. Being a messenger is not a popularity contest. In fact, a true messenger will always be a threat to some people, because the messenger will bring forth messages that threaten the ego’s sense of being in control. In other words, you cannot allow other “men” to shut the door to your messengership.
Now, many people will not be completely open doors, but they will still be able to receive some idea or impulse from the ascended masters. Yet the more open you become, the more clear and powerful will be the messages that the masters will be able to bring forth through you. And pure means balanced.
The messages you might receive can fit within a wide range. It can be a practical idea or invention concerning how to improve some aspect of life. It can be inspiration for helping other people on a personal level. It can be inspiration for a book. Or it can be more direct messages, where you are saying that you are allowing a master to speak through you. In some cases, you do not need to say that the idea or message comes from the ascended masters, and this is clearly easier. Yet when you stand in front of a group of people and take a dictation, there is no hiding.
My point being that you can create a scale for the activities of a messenger, ranging from the more easy of receiving ideas to the more difficult of taking a direct dictation. In order to qualify to take direct dictations, you have to work on achieving balance, so that you become a truly open door.
Who can become a messenger?
The ascended masters do not post job advertisements on the internet, where you can apply to become a messenger. So you cannot decide with your outer consciousness: “Yeah, this messenger stuff looks pretty cool, I wanna have a go at that.” So how does it work?
Let me first say that there are millions of people in embodiment who have volunteered to be part of the process of raising the collective consciousness and bringing the Golden Age of Saint Germain into manifestation. Before we come into embodiment, we meet with our ascended teachers and we create a divine plan for this lifetime. The creation of this plan takes into account our divine individuality, our experience, the outer personality and our karma from past lives. It then defines a set of goals for what is realistic to achieve and what we want to achieve in the coming lifetime.
The all-important point here is that each of the millions of spiritual people have a divine plan for how we can make the best possible contribution to the progress of humanity. We each have a mission, and each of our missions is important to the progress of the whole. The ego loves to play a game of setting up a scale with a value judgment, saying that such and such a mission is more important than others. Yet this is all nonsense. Each person is equally important, and each person’s divine plan is as important as that of any other person.
The conclusion is that being a messenger is simply one way of serving the ascended masters. It is not more or less important than any other form of service. If you see it as more important than other forms of service, you are caught in an ego game. And if you are trapped in this game, you cannot become a genuine messenger for the ascended masters—for they do not play ego games.
It is neither necessary nor constructive for you to use a human ambition to decide that you want to be a messenger. What you need to do is to discover whether being a messenger is part of your divine plan. If it is, you seek to develop your abilities to be the best possible messenger—whatever that means for you. If it is not, you seek to develop your abilities to fulfill the service that is part of your divine plan.
My overall point is that you cannot choose to become a messenger. The ascended masters choose whom they want as messengers. It would be non-constructive to desire to be a messenger if that is not part of your divine plan—because it might prevent you from doing the equally important service that IS part of your divine plan. On the other hand, it would be unfortunate if it is part of your divine plan to be a messenger, but you ignored or denied this potential. And it would be tragic if you did not develop this potential to its fullest.
So if you have a strong desire to be a messenger – especially because you think being a messenger gives you some kind of importance or status – then this is a desire that you need to let go of. In other words, the only way to truly know is to be neutral. So give up any desire to be a messenger. Simply let it go and then see if any direction comes from within. You know what they say about the Holy Grail: “You do not find the Grail; the Grail finds you.” Of course, in order for the masters to find you, you need to be open to being a messenger without lusting after it. Again, balance is the key.
Idolatry of messengers
Building on this, let me address the topic of idolatry, meaning that you think a messenger is very important and has some superhuman status or authority. I was personally a member of an organization in which the messenger was clearly seen as having a superior status. Given that the masters no longer address specific organizations, I will call this organization “The Church.”
In The Church it was said that the messenger had been in embodiment for two and a half million years on earth, and during that time she had been trained by the masters to fulfill her role of being a messenger in this, her last, lifetime. It was said she had been various famous people in history. It was said that she had special spiritual attainment and a variety of mantles, given to her by various masters, some of which were very high in the hierarchy of ascended beings. In other words, she was portrayed as having the most important role for saving the planet and bringing forth the Golden Age.
In the organization itself, her word was law. She was the supreme leader, and she was looked upon by many members as being God’s representative on earth. Whatever she said was infallible, because it was either by the Holy Spirit or it was El Morya speaking thorough her. In other words, in The Church the messenger had the same kind of status as the Pope has in the Catholic Church—with the exception that she would not have a successor.
The messenger would sometimes talk about the problem of idolatry, and the masters gave dictations about it through her. Yet she either did not see or did not discourage the idolatry that many of her followers had towards her. And this is one element that contributed to the fact that she did not appoint a successor. By her being so special, it was almost impossible for anyone else to fill her shoes. My point here is that the idolatry around the messenger gave the office of being a messenger a special status in the eyes of many people. And this means some people developed a human desire to have the kind of status and power that they saw the messenger have in The Church.
Now, I am not hereby saying that what happened in The Church was wrong. My understanding is that The Church was the last organization that the ascended masters could sponsor in the Age of Pisces. Thus, the organization and its teachings were specifically designed to give people the kind of tests they needed, in order to pass the the initiations of Pisces and move into the Aquarian mindset.
One of these initiations is precisely idolatry. The essence of idolatry is that you elevate another human being to a special status, thereby automatically saying that you cannot attain the same status or do the same work. This gives your ego a watertight excuse for denying your own Christ potential. The quintessential example is how the Catholic Church elevated Jesus to being “God of very Gods, begotten, not made,” thereby eclipsing his true mission, which was to serve as an example for the potential we all have. This has given all Christians a watertight excuse for not developing their own Christ potential.
I was a member of The Church for about 15 years, and for 10 years I lived near the headquarters of the organization, attending many services and conferences, including hearing hundreds of live dictations. During all that time, I never even had the thought that I could become a messenger, nor did I want to. I always looked at the messenger as being a fully adequate messenger, and she did take very powerful dictations during which both immense spiritual light and profound teachings were released.
Yet at an early stage I became aware of the dangers of idolatry. This happened when I read a dictation by El Morya (now Master MORE) about the need to avoid having idolatry, even – or especially – of the messenger. I took that to heart, and this allowed me to see that the messenger was fulfilling her office in a fully adequate way, but her way was not the only possible way to be a messenger. In other words, there are many ways to be a messenger, and I realized it is important not to let the example of one messenger set a pattern for all succeeding messengers. After all, the essence of the ascended master’s activity is progressive revelation. And how can revelation be progressive, if a new messenger seeks to imitate an older messenger?
I also saw that the messenger for The Church had certain personal characteristics, including a need to be in control. I saw how this set certain limitations for both herself and the organization, and I clearly saw that I had no desire whatsoever for being in her position. I did not desire to have power over others, and in fact I had no desire to run an organization. I also had no desire to tell people how to run their lives or their spiritual path. I clearly saw how the messenger’s time and attention was increasingly being eaten up by having to deal with the organization, leaving her less and less time and attention for actually taking messages from the masters. As the organization grew, it became increasingly difficult to be both a good messenger and a good organizational leader.
This led me to make a determined effort to rise above idolatry. I realized that if I idolized the messenger, I would be denying my own Christhood. And towards the end of the 1990’s I became increasingly aware of the need to stop denying my Christhood, to stop denying God the ability to work through me, to stop limiting what God could do through me. I realized I had to get myself – my lower self and ego – out of the master’s way. I still had no inkling whatsoever that I would become a messenger, but I did start opening myself to discovering a new level of service that was beyond the way service had been defined in The Church.
I also started realizing that my spiritual service was not a matter of what I can do with my outer self. Spiritual service means that you allow God, the ascended masters and your I AM Presence to be the doer through you. God is in every one of us. If you say that God can work through a special person but not through you, then you are denying God in yourself. I became very determined not to do that. And of course, if God is working through you, what is to say that the same God cannot do the works through you that God did through Jesus—or anyone else?
Types of non-physical beings
Although I don’t consider taking a dictation to be the same as channeling, most spiritual people do not distinguish. For them, any kind of communication with another realm is channeling. A few years ago I read a book about channeling, and it described how some people in California had developed a course, where you could learn to channel. Their motto was: “Anyone can channel.” Based on my experience, I disagree.
Taking a worded message, where you speak it out in a somewhat coherent manner, is not easy. So you have to have good communication skills and a quick mind. I have met people who had the ambition to channel, but simply could not speak a message out loud. Some of them could write down a message, but speaking it is complex. So not everyone can channel.
Yet I will agree that many, many people can learn to channel. In fact, many more people can learn to channel than the number of people for whom it is part of their divine plan to be a messenger for the ascended masters. So here is the important distinction. The ascended masters will NEVER give any message through a person for whom it is not in their divine plan to be a messenger. In other words, you cannot force the ascended masters to give a dictation through you. So if a person decides to channel and is successful in taking a message, where does the message come from?
Well, as the masters have explained, there are four levels of the material universe. The highest is the identity or etheric level, then the mental, then the emotional and finally the physical. Let us look at each of them.
You obviously don’t channel beings at the physical level, because you might as well pick up the phone.
There is a level of the emotional realm that is very close to the physical in vibration. Some souls spend time there after the physical body dies, and some souls get stuck there for a longer period of time. When you see a TV show, where a medium takes messages from dead relatives, the medium is basically channeling souls in the emotional realm. Or in some cases, the medium is channeling beings who claim to be the souls of departed loved ones.
The emotional realm has many layers, and some of them have a very low vibration. In fact, some of them are like the visions of hell that people have seen throughout the ages. The ascended masters call this the astral plane. At the lower levels of the astral plane, you find some beings who are so angry, that they cannot hide their anger or evil intent. Thus, you really cannot channel such beings, because it ends up being more like a possession, where the entity takes over a person’s mind, sometimes shouting profanities or angry messages. Since becoming a messenger, I have received emails written by people who were clearly possessed by such astral entities.
Yet there are higher levels of the astral realm, where you find beings who are better at disguising their anger. The important point about the astral plane is that the beings here have lost their inner connection to the spiritual realm. Thus, they cannot receive light directly from above, which means they must steal light from human beings in order to survive. They will do this in a variety of ways by telling people exactly what their ego’s want to hear.
I have heard about channelers who had a desire to have great power, and they channeled entities who would give very powerful messages, even sometimes manifest visible phenomena, such as flashing lights or non-human sounds. Yet after having taken a message, the channeler was exhausted and couldn’t walk or talk for several hours. To me, this is a sure sign that the channeler is working with a lower entity. The ascended masters are in the spiritual realm, and they can get all the energy they need directly from the Source. So they need absolutely no energy from you; in fact, part of their mission is to give energy to human beings.
I have done conferences, where I would travel a long way to get there, not having gotten enough sleep. I have been active for several days, giving lectures, talking to people and taking several dictations. In some cases I have been standing up for over an hour, taking a dictation, where I have been projecting my voice with greater power than normal. And yes, there can be a purely physical fatigue from the effort. Yet I have never felt depleted of energy after taking a dictation. In fact, after a dictation I don’t even feel the physical fatigue until I get to bed. I have taken dictations where I lost awareness of the body, not realizing that my knees or ankles were sore until the dictation was over. Sometimes I even feel such an upward pull from the masters, that I stand on my toes for a period of time, something I can barely do normally.
My point is that the ascended masters NEVER take energy from you during a dictation. Which means that if taking a channeled message depletes you of psychic energy, it can only be because you are channeling an entity from below the ascended level. Such entities may give you energy temporarily, but there will always come a low later. If I ever felt I was losing energy during a dictation, I would be extremely concerned and would either make an effort to raise my consciousness or refuse to take messages.
Another important point is that entities in the astral plane have no desire or need to be honest. They will often portray themselves as ascended masters, which is what the real masters call “false hierarchy impostors.” Of course, a false hierarchy impostor will boldly accuse a genuine master of being false or will accuse a genuine messenger of taking false messages. I have experienced this from several people.
What about so-called trance channelers, where the person is in a trance and does not know what is being said, often speaking with a different voice? Again, the lower beings have no respect for the laws of God, the most important of which is the Law of Free Will. When you are in a trance, you are giving up your ability to make conscious choices, meaning you set your free will aside and let another entity use your body and mind. This is a violation of the principle of free will. A lower entity will have no problem with that, but an ascended master will not violate God’s law. Thus, it can be said with absolute certainty that an ascended masters will never give a message through a person who is in a trance. Yet the lower the entity, the less respect it will have for free will.
In the higher levels of the emotional realm, you find some entities who are not actually malicious or deceiving. They will not call themselves ascended masters, but will channel under some other name or even as a group of beings. Such beings can seem quite benign, and they often give messages that make people feel good. You can find quite a few channelers who channel from this level.
When you step up to the mental realm, you also find several levels of beings. Again, you have some beings in the mental realm who will claim to be ascended masters, thus being part of the false hierarchy. These beings can be very clever in presenting intellectual or logical arguments, and if you are not very intuitive, it can be difficult to avoid having such messages cause you to doubt yourself or the real masters. I have read messages from such beings, where I had to admit that with my outer mind, I had no way to reason with what they were saying. Yet I clearly felt that the vibration of the entity was lower than that of an ascended master. These entities can be so good at imitating ascended masters, that you cannot tell the difference purely by looking at the words.
In the mental realm, you will also find beings who use other names and do not make any false claims about their identity. Some of them present themselves as intergalactic beings or “space brothers.” Some messages I have read are benign, and you really cannot say they are saying anything that is wrong or contradicts the teachings of the ascended masters. Yet again, the vibration is clearly lower. So while such entities are not seeking to deceive people, they still get energy from you by the fact that you put your attention upon them.
Much the same can be said for entities in the lower identity or etheric realm, although I have come across few channelers who can channel from this level. The important point about the etheric realm is that it also has layers (33 to be precise). The ascended masters have etheric retreats in this realm, but they are located in the upper 22 levels. Thus, it is only at the lower 11 levels (a number that will go down as the planetary consciousness is raised) that you encounter beings who are not yet ascended. Again, the point is that if a being needs to get energy from you – even in a seemingly benign way – this proves that the being is not following the time-tested path of seeking energy from a source inside itself. And it is difficult for you to rise higher than your teacher.
The ascended masters do not descend any lower than the pure levels of the etheric octave. Which means that in order to receive a message from them, you have to be able to raise your consciousness and tune in to that level. There is simply no substitute for this. If you take messages from any lower level, they do not come from ascended masters.
As I have said, some false hierarchy impostors are so good at imitating the words of ascended masters, that it can be difficult to tell the difference with the outer, analytical mind. Yet a false hierarchy impostor cannot imitate the vibration of an ascended master. Of course, this does you no good if you have never experienced the vibration of an ascended master, for then you have no frame of reference. This explains why so many spiritual people study any message that tells them what they like to hear or feel that all messages are equally valuable or genuine.
In order to become a genuine messenger for the ascended masters, there is only one way, and that is that you develop your ability to discern between the vibration of an ascended master and that of a lower entity. There is simply no substitute for this discernment, and it comes ONLY through the Christ mind. That is why the ascended masters stress the need to develop your Christhood, and if you are serious about this, I would suggest you do the Christhood course. I am not saying it is the only way to develop Christhood, but it is a good step in the right direction.
I realize this will at first sound discouraging, because it can seem impossible to develop this discernment. But actually, most spiritual/intuitive people already have some discernment. As you are studying a message, pay attention to your heart chakra and feel whether what you read or hear raises or lowers the energies in your chakra. If the energies are lowered, there is a high probability that the message is from a lower source, and if they are raised, it is most likely from an ascended master. Obviously, this form of discernment will depend on the overall purity of your consciousness, and in my next article I will talk about what I did to raise my consciousness.
Had I not done this, I would not have been able to function as a messenger. I believe that even if it is in your divine plan to be a messenger, we obviously are not brought up to be messengers. So we often have to raise our consciousness significantly before we can begin to take messages. And in my experience, we have to continue to raise our consciousness for as long as we are in embodiment.
I have met people who have the image that once you have been anointed or received a mantle as a genuine messenger, you can never lose it. In my view, this is a very dangerous illusion, and I find it much more constructive to have the attitude that being a messenger is something I have to continue to earn by always being willing to transcend my sense of self. I have personally encountered people who had at least some level of sponsorship from the ascended masters, but lost it because they were not willing to transcend a certain level or decided to use their messengership for self-centered purposes. More on that later.
Copyright © 2012 by Kim Michaels